English Rib January Week 1

New Year’s resolution – to kick the blog up the bum and keep going with it once a week every week.

I am going to knit a little sample once a week of a knitting style, changing each month. January’s style is knit and purl and combining them to make interesting patterns. I plan to use this challenge to use up some of my considerable stash.


I am starting with a simple rib just for a bit of a change I am using a stitch called English Rib. On the second row of rib you knit through the back of the loop. To be honest I don’t think this made a very big difference and so I has to stick a bow on the right side so I could tell it apart from wrong side. it wasn’t too faffy for me though because for my first four months of knitting I knitted every stitch through the back of the loop, and only changed when Mum mentioned my stitches looked a bit different from usual!

Here is the pattern any way.

Cast on an equal number of stitches.

1st Row : Knit 1, purl 1

2nd Row : KBL1 (knit through back of the loop), Purl 1

Repeat these two rows to desired length.

I will also be working on big projects which use the style. however I am going to finish a scarf from the Curious Project by Sincerely Louise, after which I’ll cast on some gloves which will have a rib cuff.



Wrong Side
Right Side
Casting on
English Rib January Week 1

Friday Update

Work in progress: Hitchhiker shawl in Drops fabel in white and blue lagoon.
This is such a great pattern it grows in such a clever way. It is almost entirely in garter stitch which means I’ve been able to read and knit which is a total bonus. I would definitely recommend it. 

Here’s a link to the pattern
Reading: just finished ‘A Very English Affair.’ By John Preston.

This is all about the Jeremy Thorpe scandal in the 1970s which has been a great thing to read in the middle of a general election. It really isn’t catalogue of errors by the people (men) who thought they were intelligent enough to be in charge of us. 

Have mainly been doing: getting the house tidy to have photos taken and get the house on the market. It looks so amazing I am half tempted to stay put. 

Friday Update

My Top Five Tips For Machine Knitting


  1. If you start producing loops at the edge of your knitting, check you haven’t got your weaving brushes on – and also check your yarn is feeding correctly through the tension mast.
  2. If you drop stitches at the side of your knitting, take the weights off the knitting to prevent it from getting worse. Grab your tools and get those stitches back on the needles anyway you can. To prevent dropping more stitches move your edge weights up more often and hang them a tooth or two over the edge of the material – Also check your yarn is going through the tension mast correctly.
  3. Changing your main colour yarn is a dangerous moment. This is when you are most likely to deposit your nearly finished garment, weights and all on to your feet, so always check the yarn is in the sinker plate holder correctly twice, and then maybe just once more to be sure.
  4. When doing a repetitive task always get a system in place so you are less likely to miss a step. I normally sort the yarn, then the carriage, then the needles.
  5. If you’ve been at it for a while, you’re getting tired and you start to make mistakes, that’s the point at which to go to bed. Never knit tired.


I have compiled this list from my own mistakes and from having done it wrong myself soooo many times.

My Top Five Tips For Machine Knitting

Post Sixteen In which I celebrate because I have made a sale.

Just a quick blog today.

I have made my first sale! To a friend of the family but nonetheless it is nice to wave good buy to one of my creations.

DSC_0044 (800x532) DSC_0043 (800x532)I am working on learning to hang hems for another item which should still be useful for a summer project. After a temper tantrum and an early night I think I may be close to cracking it.

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Post Sixteen In which I celebrate because I have made a sale.

Post Number 11, in which I get over excited about buttons and podcasts and the biggest snood in my world gets posted onto my Etsy Shop.

I have my first commission! It’s from a family member, does that count? I am very excited about it any way. It is for two cushion covers which will hopefully match a rather snazzy cushion which has a slight nautical theme so I have been button shopping of course! I thought this would be a prefect job for Etsy, which it was, look at this.They are just right, I tracked them down at Celestina Jewellery.

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I accidently bought some sock yarn too, but just look at this colour.

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It is the Sherbet Lemon colour-way from ‘Yarns From The Plain’ I just couldn’t walk away and I am so glad I didn’t, every time I look at it it makes zingy little happy things happen in my head (it is also a a baby magnet – baby that is not babe – my Tiny Troublemaker has had it off high surfaces more than once to have a little play with it). I have ordered a sock pattern to knit it with, update to follow.

I must admit I have come late to the world of podcasts which is why I have spent sizable chunks of this week catching up with the most excellent Curious Handmade podcast. I love to listen to people talking about knitting whilst I am circling the streets of my home town with a pram trying to induce an afternoon nap in an eight month old. Helen Stewart who presents it knows how to describe knitting projects in a way that has me simply itching to pick up my needles again. It is a true joy to find something new that makes you so happy without making you put on weight, I would certainly recommend a look if you get a chance.

I have just posted another snood to my Etsy shop and it is a whopper! 280cm long, made entirely of merino wool it is one of my favourite things in the world. Please do pop by and take a look if you get a chance.

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Post Number 11, in which I get over excited about buttons and podcasts and the biggest snood in my world gets posted onto my Etsy Shop.

Post Number 10, In Which I Finally Open my Etsy Shop

Look at this…….Shop ImageI have a bona fide, fully functioning Etsy shop. It has taken me a little while to build up a bit of stock. It now has seven items in it. I read a that a good way to get your shop viewed a lot (and therefore increase your chance of sales) is to get your item count up to one hundred. I think if I did ever manage this it would bankrupt me or kill me, not sure which  would happen first. Also in the back of my mind is the worry that it could still be a flop and so I’d have to find people to give my cowls to as presents. There is no way I know that many cold people.

One of my own designs is what I call a Broken Chevron.

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It was really nice and simple to create a punch card for it but when I team it with a self striping sock yarn it gives a pretty cool effect, even if I do say so myself.

Later on this week I’m going to launch my third size of snood the Big Daddy Bear size, which is down around your knees when its unravelled and could quite easily drown a person in wool when it’s wrapped around your neck, what a way to go! I love this length and I will definitely be making myself one for next winter In the meantime here’s a sneak preview of the one which will be going up on my shop in the next few days.

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Post Number 10, In Which I Finally Open my Etsy Shop